Ways to give

Make a difference

No matter your circumstances. No matter your age. No matter your financial situation. If making a difference in the world is something that’s important to you, there’s a way to give.

Change lives and save lives.

In the midst of this COVID-19 public health crisis, our mission has never been more clear or more critical. Join us in the fight by assisting students impacted by the crisis.

University of Nebraska Emergency Assistance Fund

The University of Nebraska Emergency Assistance Fund was created to help support students and employees on all four campuses who are now facing sudden financial hardship due to crisis situations such as last year’s flooding, personal hardship and now the current cancellation of on-campus classes due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Education takes a backseat for students who are food insecure or unable to pay housing and other expenses. Many don’t know the status of their employment, and many will return home for the rest of the semester. For some students, this is a life-altering crisis.

Please, if you’re able, consider a gift to the University of Nebraska Emergency Assistance fund to help at-risk students in our university family.

Areas of Need

Greatest Needs

With so many different worthy causes across the University of Nebraska system to choose between, it can be a difficult decision. We’ve tried to help by narrowing it down to the greatest needs on each campus and institute.


The University of Nebraska has three interdisciplinary, University-wide institutes operating across the University of Nebraska system:

Alumni Associations

Each campus of the University of Nebraska has an extremely active alumni association dedicated to engaging with University of Nebraska alumni across the state of Nebraska, and, the world.  


Athletics are an important part of the collegiate experience on several campuses across the University of Nebraska System. Find out how you can support athletics at the University of Nebraska.

Nebraska Grow Crowdfunding

Add your voice and your support to see the power of the crowd in action.​

Search for a specific area of interest

Giving Options

Nebraska Grow Crowdfunding

Our mission-inspired, project-focused crowdfunding tool enables passionate members of the general public, student organizations and University of Nebraska faculty, staff and alumni raise funds for special projects and help proposals reach new heights.

Honorary and Memorial Giving

Gifts made in memory or in honor of a family member, teacher, student or friend are generous and thoughtful ways to remember a person’s life and his or her accomplishments.

Matched Giving

If you or your spouse are employed by a company that provides a matching gift program, your contribution to the University of Nebraska Foundation could be significantly increased.

Corporate and Foundation Giving

Find out more about how corporations and foundations can support the University of Nebraska.

Mail a Check

Make a gift by printing and completing a gift form and mailing it with your contribution.

Payroll Giving

University of Nebraska employees may give through payroll deductions.

Planned Giving

There are many ways to give to the University of Nebraska and its affiliates. You can make a gift through your estate plan without giving any money right now or you can make a gift that will return an income to you, such as an annuity.

All of these gifts are referred to as planned gifts because you are planning to provide the gift at a later date, and all of these gifts grant you membership in the Burnett Society.

Regardless of the method you choose, you may designate your gift to the area that matters the most to you and leave a legacy.

Other ways to give

There are many ways to give to the university and its affiliates through the University of Nebraska Foundation.

You can give tangible personal property or commercial, residential or agricultural real estate. You can deed property, such as your home, as well as give securities — stocks, bonds or mutual funds. Another giving option is a retained life estate.

Tangible personal property is any property, other than land and buildings, that can be seen or touched. It includes furniture, books, jewelry, paintings, coins, sculptures, cars and even grain or livestock.

Farmland values have increased dramatically over many years. If this land were to be sold, the land owner could incur significant capital gains tax. Donating the land maximizes the impact of giving.

Donor-Advised Fund

A donor-advised fund is a way for a donor to make one gift to benefit multiple charitable organizations.

Women Investing in Nebraska

Women Investing in Nebraska is an initiative focused on collective giving by women who want to impact the state through philanthropy.

Measure your life by the difference 
you’ve made in someone else’s.

When you make a gift to the University of Nebraska Foundation you can trust that it will be used in the way in which it was intended. That’s a promise we’ve kept with our donors since our organization was founded in 1936.